Rheumatism is a general term to define any pain or ache in the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments or joints or their surrounding areas.
Therefore, rheumatism includes various defined diseases as well as regional cases such as neck pain, tennis elbow, and back pain, or widespread pain such as fibromyalgia.
These painful cases may accompany the disease in many patients with inflammatory rheumatism. These pains and aches may not always be explained with an underlying pathology.
Rheumatic diseases refer to all types of rheumatism. There are approximately 150 types of rheumatic diseases.
Most of the inflammatory types among these are associated with the mechanisms through which the body creates a disease against itself as a result of malfunctioning of the immune system and/or inflammation mechanisms.
Rheumatology deals with inflammatory rheumatic diseases that occur as a result of malfunctioning of the immune system, as well as with other musculoskeletal disorders.